Saturday 1 January 2022

First Aconite, First Post of the Year

 Today has been an utter write off, but yesterday I took advantage of the insanely mild weather with a 90 minute walk around town.

With snowdrops already sighted for the season, and already more numerous than before in the cemetery, I decided to head down to Friary Gardens to try and spot the first winter aconite of the season. 

I thought I was perhaps too early, but as it turned out there a few of these little yellow jewels in bloom tucked in amongst the leaves. Soon they will begin to form the familiar golden carpets under the trees - in town they grow here more than anywhere else. 

2022 then - what will it bring? Can anyone really know these days? I fully intend to look after my neurological health better if I can - hopefully my ankle will continue to improve to allow me to walk more, which in turn helps with my Tourettes and Autism issues. 

If I can't get outside and burn up a lot of energy, it really shows with increased symptoms associated with my condition. 


All pictures and text copyright CreamCrackeredNature 01.01.2022


  1. Nice to see the aconites in the winter leaves. A good start to the year.

  2. I had masses of aconites at the farm - here there are none and I miss them. They are so difficult to start so thank you Si for the first two. Please keep showing them - I remember them from previous years. Good luck with your resolutions.

  3. Like little buds of gold but the yellow is so vibrant. Wishing you a Happy New Year and better health.

  4. Wishing you a great 2022 of wildlife spotting, cycling and running, oh, and nearly forgot ... cricketing.

  5. Thank you all, more are popping into view when I went down today

  6. I saw the first aconites of the season yesterday in a cemetery in Edinburgh. Lovely flowers